I have some artwork and commission projects that need to get done so the update is kind of light. Luckily I finished something before things got thick…

Custom Sprite Packs: Ladies and Gentlemen, the set is complete:

Jake’s SFA-style sprite set is now ready to be downloaded. This completes the four-man group of lowest-level thugs from Final Fight. There will probably be additions and improvements to these in the future but it’s good to have the basics of the whole group finally done. This will also be this year’s last Custom Sprite Pack for Project:Drone. Things are getting busy like Kid ‘n Play so it’s time to put that project on pause. I don’t know how many more drone characters I’ll take a shot at next year but I have a few ideas.

GFX Generators – The following backgrounds were added to the GroupShot Maker:
Apocalypse Now! (MSHvsSF and XMvsSF versions)
SFA3 stages: Cody, Rolento, Ryu and Sodom
Darkstalkers: Demitri
Justice League Task Force: Wonder Woman

BTW: Check out Illmosis this coming weekend if you’re a Pac-Man fan. That’s all I’m sayin’ for now.

I have no idea how many people read the site’s weblog but I figured I’d add this as a separate note tonight since there won’t be an update until next week. The first two videos I made for the SFA-style Bred and Dug sprite sets just had music with no SFX because I couldn’t get that issue ironed out on my system. I finally have that sorted out and this is the result:

YouTube.com: Thugs sprite test

This video won’t go public until next week’s site update where Jake is added to the Custom Sprite Pack page. It’s not great but it’s just meant to show what they can do including surprise me with a jumpkick. It will take me a while to get the hang of making everything I want in videos but getting the sound capture to work was one of the main things keeping me from making more videos for this site. Expect to see more ScrollBoss videos once I get everything working smoothly.

Custom Sprite Downloads – the “Simons (SFA-style)” sprite set is finally done and available on that page. ALSO: please re-download Dug because the earlier version had a few pixels cut off the boots in two frames. Those have now been fixed. I’d have made a video to show you Simons in action but my internet connection is still messed up. You’ll have to wait a while longer for Jake because I have some other projects that need some serious attention. The wait won’t be all that long since the new stuff is mostly just hair and goatees. I’ll probably make one last demo video for them using the OpenBoR engine.

GFX Generators

edit (2:09 PM EST) : I threw a few more things into the update
New character: Deadshot (with mini-logo)
Updated characters: Capt. Commando, Gambit, Jin, Sabretooth (alt palettes and Birdie, his assistant), Spider-Man, and Venom

Finally, I had Clash at Demonhead on the brain after reading the Scott Pilgrim books and seeing the film and finally noticed that I didn’t have ANYTHING about that game on this site other than the game’s logo. It’s odd because it’s one of the many games that I could only rent and never saw in stores during it’s run right along with River City Ransom and Ogre Battle. I think some graphics from it were part of the infamous “Lost Folders” situation from 2005 after horrible HD crash. This update rights that wrong in many of the following section updates:

Sprite Index– new Clash at Demonhead page with a few sprites and animations.
Game Index – Clash at Demonhead (NES)
Company Index – Vic Tokai
Logos – animated Clash at Demonhead (only the main loop)
Mini-logos – Darkseid and Deadshot
1989 – Hey, guess what game was added to the 1989 list? Clash at Demonhead? Well, yeah.

Hey, it’s a rare Wednesday update just like the old days! Here’s what’s new:

Custom Sprite PacksDug (Final Fight) is now available in Alpha/Vs. sprite style and Bred was updated because I accidentally had the misaligned punch animation in there. If you downloaded it before, please download it again to get your proper punch action. I made another horrible video to show both drone sprite sets in action:

Vs. Maker – Cyclops and Rolento got alternate palettes and new sprites while Karnov, Ms. Marvel and Ryu Hayabusa just got alternate palettes.

This week’s special link is to 8-Bit Monkeys (MySpace account) where you can see some sprites brought into the real world using microbeads. You’ll see a lot of 8-bit examples there but you’ll also see some work with more colors in it. Keep an eye on the page because there’s more great work on the way!

Don’t expect more than one medium-sized update for the site in April. I need to get some artwork ready for the All-Americon Convention in Warren, Ohio on May 2nd. I’m still putting some big code rewrites together for the site along with working on some projects that you may like.

The people who have checked out the Bred SFA-style sprite set seem to like it. No one even complained about the kick and even I complain about that! A Dug sprite set will be added to the site in May with Jake and Simmons showing up a bit after that. I wonder who will be the first person to put them in a project.

Don’t be surprised if you see the look of the site randomly change a bit here and there. I’m slowly fixing a lot of things and the site will eventually have one completely solid look before getting a slight 10th anniversary update.

You know that Movie Poster graphic on the index page and the Jumping Side Kick graphic on many of the regular pages? Those will be gone some time this year. Here’s a preview of what will be replacing the Side Kick Pics:

Those aren’t the final version but it’ll look something like that. Expect to see lots with the original games along with re-created scenes, some crossover pics and a few surprises.

There isn’t a lot of new stuff in this update but a whole lot of work went into it.

Custom Sprite Downloads – the “SFAlpha” style Bred sprite set has been added to the Custom Sprite Download page. Yes, an entire set of sprites! There will be future updates to the set, just like the other sets on the page, but it has everything you need to bring Bred into a CPS2 Capcom fighter-scale fan game.

Sprites – The slightly new overall look for the main sprite galleries are done. There is still a lot to fix but all the main stuff is in there. Each gallery now has a box at the top with things like Game Index links. Many of the gallery layouts are just copies of the older versions but some have the more unified style that they’ll all have when they’re done. The games that had a few sprites on a company’s sprite hub page now have their own pages. The upcoming screenshot galleries use the same engine and will hit later this year.

Custom Sprites – The Capcom page gets recreations of Bred’s “OH MY GOD!” and “OH MY CAR!” sprites and the Strider Hiryu sprites that used to be on the Strider sprite page.

Graphics – Other – Bred’s word balloons were added.

You’ll also start to see a slightly different version of the ScrollBoss logo in most areas. I remade the whole font again and you’ll see more of that when I start to remake other logos for the site. That’s all for now. If you’re trying out the Bred sprite pack and want to leave some feedback about it, feel free to reply in this topic. I need to know if the format I’m using works for people before I put the Dug pack together.

I almost forgot about this other stuff that happened in-between updates:

First, check out two pics I added to Illmosis:
Tyris Flare in a fighting stance Douglas Bild from Rushing Beat Ran in his select screen pose.
That’s right. Douglas Bild from Brawl Brothers and Rival Turf in full color along with Tyris Flare in base color mode (coloring without shading).

The second thing is from someone awesome that you probably know about already, Rinry of Rinry Game Game. Check out this video and you may see something… familiar :)

Thanks, Rinry and Jot!

I updated Illmosis earlier today with an animation that will be on ScrollBoss in the next udpate (whenever that is):

I still don’t know when the whole set of sprites will be ready but I’m getting close to the end of it. Here’s a shot of a transition sprite I’m adding between the original falling pose and the knocked-out pose:

An in-progress pic of Bred's falling-to-KO transition frame.

Custom Sprites – Bred and Dug get two new sprites added to the Capcom page but there will be more. I’ll explain in a bit. A new Power Girl sprite edit was added to the DC gallery.

Logos – Avenging Spirit, Alien Storm, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Chinese Hero, Dark Seal, Joe & Mac, Kangaroo, Lady Master, Mappy, Magician Lord, Mutation Nation, Ninja Combat, Ninja Commando, Psycho Soldier, Strider (JPN & USA arcade, NES),

Mini-logos – Joe & Mac (separate logos, of course), Kage (the Legend of Kage), Kung-Fu Master, Mappy, Metroid (NES and Super Metroid style), Twinbee, the Punisher, Swamp Thing, She-Hulk.

So now there’s a Bred and Dug sprite on the Capcom custom sprite page. That normally wouldn’t be a big deal unless…

… I decided to make more. This is one of the things I posted a teaser image of a while back. I’m working on a Street Fighter Alpha-ish sprite set of Bred and a head-swapped Dug to go with it. I’m resizing arcade F.F. sprites by 112% and tracing the linework while giving it a more SFA look. Some poses, like the jump, are being redone altogether. This will not be an insanely fluid set of sprites although I am adding transition frames to every animation. This is a slow burn project since I’m also working on a comic book right now but expect Bred and Dug to be finished early this year. I already have a demo test of him using OpenBOR and I’ll try to make a video of this as soon as I can.